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    Saturn Sky

    My 23 yr old daughter wants to purchase a 2007 Sky.

    We live in Minneapolis, and I believe that this car would have it's problems - especially if we had considerable snow.

    What do you guy's think?

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    Re: Saturn Sky

    Quote Originally Posted by dBrong
    My 23 yr old daughter wants to purchase a 2007 Sky.

    We live in Minneapolis, and I believe that this car would have it's problems - especially if we had considerable snow.

    What do you guy's think?
    It's a nice - but flawed - car. The interior layout is awful. For example, the switch for the power windows is so far back on the door panel that it is literally next to impossible to roll down the window while driving, or at the least, very awkward. The top seal is poor and the car is very drafty, with lots of wind noise above 50 mph.

    As a snow car, I can't think of many vehicles that would be worse.....



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    Re: Saturn Sky

    I've only been to St.Paul in the summer -- I've never been there in the winter.
    But like Eric says, I'd be hard-pressed to pick a worse vehicle for that area of the country.

    She might go look at a New Beetle convertible -- it's FWD, and German cars usually do really well in snow. Plus it's a classic 'Chick Car'.

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    Re: Saturn Sky

    With a proper set of winter tires, I don't see why a rwd sports car couldn't survive a Minnesota winter.

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    Re: Saturn Sky

    I don't understand why America still builds and sells such awful vehicles.

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    Re: Saturn Sky

    Quote Originally Posted by misterdecibel
    With a proper set of winter tires, I don't see why a rwd sports car couldn't survive a Minnesota winter.
    No reason at all if the roads are plowed. Given the low ground clearance of most "sporty" cars, they end up pushing snow if there is much on the roads. A limited slip differential helps, too.

    I had the Miata for 14 winters and that as my experience.

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    Re: Saturn Sky

    Quote Originally Posted by robmcg
    I don't understand why America still builds and sells such awful vehicles.
    You don't even know what it is.

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    Re: Saturn Sky

    A $25,000 US-built Miata?

    I confess I haven't read an honest review of it, and I would think it better in ice than some cars...

    Isn't it an Opel, or Daewoo, or Vauxhall... based on a Lotus, ...?

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    I personally really love the sky, and would love to have a redline.

    having also experienced a miata in the winter, it is an awful idea unless you put snow tires on it.
    '06 Lotus Elise, '07 Saturn Sky Redline

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    Re: Saturn Sky

    Quote Originally Posted by misterdecibel
    With a proper set of winter tires, I don't see why a rwd sports car couldn't survive a Minnesota winter.
    Even with winter tires, a low-slung RWD sports car is not built for snow driving anymore than a 4x4 SUV is built for high-speed handling. Can it be done? Sure.

    Is it a good idea?

    That's another question... .

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    Re: Saturn Sky

    We're talking about a part of the country that attaches 6 foot bright red fiberglass rods to the fire hydrants, so they can be found in the winter.

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    Re: Saturn Sky

    Quote Originally Posted by robmcg
    A $25,000 US-built Miata?

    I confess I haven't read an honest review of it, and I would think it better in ice than some cars...

    Isn't it an Opel, or Daewoo, or Vauxhall... based on a Lotus, ...?
    No Lotus genes in this version. There is an Opel and Vauxhall version though. I think Jeremy Clarkson hated it.

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    Re: Saturn Sky

    Quote Originally Posted by robmcg
    A $25,000 US-built Miata?
    I was referring to the generic snow plow characteristics, not price or country of origin.

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    Re: Saturn Sky

    Quote Originally Posted by misterdecibel
    Quote Originally Posted by robmcg
    A $25,000 US-built Miata?

    I confess I haven't read an honest review of it, and I would think it better in ice than some cars...

    Isn't it an Opel, or Daewoo, or Vauxhall... based on a Lotus, ...?
    No Lotus genes in this version. There is an Opel and Vauxhall version though. I think Jeremy Clarkson hated it.
    The Opel is the Opel GT and the Daewoo version is the G2X, I don't think it is being marketed under the Vauxhall banner though.

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    Re: Saturn Sky

    I apologise for my disparging remark earlier aabout US manufactured cars.

    I am about to go out in my LS1 sedan...

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    Re: Saturn Sky

    Quote Originally Posted by damen


    having also experienced a miata in the winter, it is an awful idea unless you put snow tires on it.
    I had two sets of wheels and two sets of tires, the car was no fun with compromise rubber.

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    Re: Saturn Sky

    Quote Originally Posted by chiph
    We're talking about a part of the country that attaches 6 foot bright red fiberglass rods to the fire hydrants, so they can be found in the winter.

    Chip H.
    We just close roads when the weather goes like that...

    admittedly it rarely goes under -10C... also we require vehicles to use tire-chains in snow, quite common in inland South Island, none of this messing with snow tires or intermediates.. watching 4WDs slliding on ice is surely the same world over? And 6'-deep would need to be graded before opening the road.
    Around about know is peak foolishness season... early winter... people without chains, nor even warm clothes, stuck behind jack-knifed trucks and slid into ditches. Gene-selection theory applies.

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